September/October 2013 Challenge: isola di St. George
Greetings to everyone...
Probably the serious members of this higly respectable company of cartographers are thinking something like "Who the ... is this guy?".
I registered my account maybe at the beginning of 2012, but for a lot of reasons i've never been active within the community, lurking from time to time only to look in open astonishment the maps you create.
Now, i would like to be a little more useful than a old man observing workers on a building site (i don't know if appens only in Italy, but if you start working there is EVER someone hanging around, usually spending his time staring at you and sometimes giving unsolicited advices... ), so i'll start giving a try to the lite contest.
Ok, so, straight to the map: is unfinished, clearly.
I'm creating it for a campaign i will master sometime in the future: is the isle of St. George, a fictional island somewhere in the Atlantic ocean, nominally a property of the "Western Free Commercial Company", but largely unknown, so the basically sketchy map they provide to new settlers.
The players will find this map from a rather unwilling donor (a bloodthirsty guy who in the process probably will be beaten to pulp... ), and hopefully they will set sail to the place just in time to discover... something :)
I am working on the run, alas, so whenever i can take a break from the real-life work i take my laptop (oh yes, and with a touchpad, not a mouse...) and start drawing: the outcome will not be so good, but hey, this is the best i can afford now :)
I've sketched the map in Autorealm (i like the way it works with fractals) and then imported the work as bmp in photoshop cs3, using it as guide for further elaboration; i have chosen to use some pre-made material (the trees and the mountains, if i'm not wrong, are the ones from Star Raven ) to speed up the process, even if i would prefer to keep everything homemade.
The overall look is this:
### Latest WIP ###
i don't like the rivers, because they look too "jagged", and i hope to refine them as the mountains ... actually i'm trying to put a little bit of colour on them and on the whole map but i am non so sure about how it looks.
Ah yes, the rivers need of course more texture, and the color is too bright.
I am adding just now trees, and in the future there will come the single town, the villages and some landmarks.
This is a map created by "the Company", and then owned by someone (you know, the former bloodthirsty guy, now a little bit dead...), so there will be a lot more annotations, and i want to "create" the right atmosphere by using two different wrinting styles, the first one for the original labels, partially erased and overwrited by another hand with more annotations, probably in a slightly different ink.
If you look in the lower part of the map,offcoast on the right you will see an example: someone thinks it will work?
Ah yes, i want to insert a wind rose, also.